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Nov 22 2018
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80 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Robbins Butte, AZ 
Robbins Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2018
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Hiking0.28 Miles 358 AEG
Hiking0.28 Miles      16 Mns   1.05 mph
358 ft AEG
 
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Admitted, an odd little summit to conquer. Even odder, having a Thanksgiving meal atop this volcanic rock pile west of 85 Highway near Buckeye. But I invoke the Edmund Hillary rationale for doing Everest. It was there. And, after all, it offers a great unobstructed view of the west Valley from the south side of the Gila River. Providing you have the patience to scramble through scree and loose rock, grabbing in near desperation to the occasional embedded rock or creosote bush.

There must be an easier way to reach the Robbins summit (el 1,179') than the straight-up route MJ and I took from the parking lot on the south side. Two steps up, one back almost all the way. And coming down was no picnic either, taking twice as long as the ascent. Little evidence of anyone being on the summit before us, but I read an account of someone doing this trek at night. Fool. Not much activity on this holiday, though the area seems popular for shooters seeking target practice. When we arrived we found a couple searching for brass shell casings, to sell, I assumed. Access from 85 is OK for cars, though lots of wash-board dirt road and a large dry wash to navigate.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Lots of low-lying phacelia.
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Jun 30 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Fool Hollow Lake TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2018
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Hiking3.50 Miles 319 AEG
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While on our way to the Lavender Festival on Sunday in Concho, we thought of hiking the Buena Vista Trail south of Show Low. But, alas, like other trails in the area, it was closed due to fire danger caused by the severe drought. So, Fool Hollow, a state park, was the replacement. So, We paid the $7 fee, and found plenty of parking options near the Bluebird Ramada on the west shore. We easily found the trail, which is mostly dirt but some cement. It was still in the place I left it the last time I hiked here in October 2013. Thing was the lake moved. Shrunk, anyway, due to the severe drought. This was particularly visible on the south shore. Where I had edged around water there almost 5 years ago, the south end of the lake was now 150-200 yards off to the north. Nice benches perched along the shoreline for visitors to watch waterfowl go about their business. now looked down on nothing but dry land and hapless islands that had lost their protective moats. So sad to see.
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Apr 17 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Badger Brawl Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2018
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Hiking5.12 Miles 243 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.54 mph
243 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
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First time on this trail that crosses the large Cave Creek floodplain S of Carefree HW and N of Dove Valley Rd. Found mostly bikers traveling this route. One stopped to tell me on Cliff Walk Trail he'd seen a coyote a hundred yards or so behind me. Did not run into it or much else on the return that would cause interest. Some palo verdes blooming and a scraggly bunch of yellow flowers on buckhorn. That was about it. Think you can find a lot more beguiling trails even if you're just out for exercise.
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Mar 27 2018
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Apache Wash Loop - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2018
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Hiking6.91 Miles 313 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.67 mph
313 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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Began at TH off Dove Valley/Sonoran Desert HW. Did the loop cc on a pleasant afternoon, 75, light breeze. First time on the AW. Did not stop to rest but did halt to take notes, photos. At each trail junction (the 2 connectors on each side of the loop and Brawling Badger, Esplanade, Sidewinder and Ocotillo trails), I walked out 20 yards or so hoping it would show on my GPS route and make for posting accurate waypoints. It did. Still, I was surprised to see I had stops amounting to more than an hour. Speed, obviously, is not my game.

This super-clean trail belongs largely to bikers. Zip, zip. Hardly a rock to dodge. Traffic was very light until I got back toward the TH about 5. Counted altogether 11 hikers, 17 bikers and 2 joggers. Heavily weighted to bikers in the north zone, beyond the south connector. Saw only a young woman biking solo. Crossing the floodplain of .33 mi along Carefree HW, I looked in the trail dust and found only bike tracks and and marks from a horseshoe. The rider thoughtfully steered to the side of the trail.

I was confused about the geography for clearly the trail follows two washes, one on the east side of the loop and another on the west. The larger one on the east I assumed was Apache. But I have seen it labeled on maps as Paradise. I saw one map with a designation, "West Fork." So, a bit of a mystery of hugely inconsequential proportions. But knowing place names makes my little world go round.

Pleased to see so many birds, particularly along the west wash. But both washes are heavily lined with palo verdes and high brush so, I figure, chances of running into all sorts of wildlife are good. I saw a phainopepla, a hawk and later two Gila woodpeckers flying together. I heard quail and, on the west side, the hoots of an owl. I guessed on some others. They refused to pose, jumping from bush to bush ahead of me.

I've hiked a bit in central Arizona and never have I seen so many Christmas cactus in one place. They are seemingly everywhere you turn on the sides of the trail. But this is a land of creosote, palo verde and buckhorn (staghorn?), some scattered Saguaro and patches of Teddy Bear cholla. No wildflowers to speak of. I may try this same trail again soon for the buckhorn buds are swelling and should burst into brilliant yellow flowers in the next week or so. That would be quite the sight since there are so many.



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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
One tiny patch of Fiddlenecks along the east side of the loop and, I couldn't believe it, a single Blue Dick. That was it for the day.
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Mar 21 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2018
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Hiking4.37 Miles 907 AEG
Hiking4.37 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.24 mph
907 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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A loop from 7th Ave up the south side via Cloud Nine to the summit, then returning on the north trail and arcing around Shaw's southern flank. Marked my 7th hike of the year to this summit. This was same route I took on March 3 yet GPS showed more than 100 feet less AEG. I'll send that one in to "Stump Einstein." Overall, not enjoyable, just work. As usual, few hikers going up on the south, many (46 in 1.34 mi) ascending on the popular north as I went down. The little American flag still flying on the rock pile amid the towers.
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Mar 16 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2018
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Hiking2.48 Miles 1,185 AEG
Hiking2.48 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   1.46 mph
1,185 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
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Why? My first thought was to do a loop on the Quartz Ridge Trail but approaching the park I changed plans. I wanted to do a "new" and more challenging trail. In this park, it usually means Piestewa. Hadn't gone up to the top in maybe 5 years. Things looked good when I got to the parking lot and found a spot 20 feet from the TH. It was a nice hike but again memory fails and I had forgotten how steep is the final push up to the summit from the high bench. And, a tad dangerous, if you are older and beginning to lose balance. The #300 rises about 390 feet in .38 mi, upper bench to summit. Very steep going in my books. Enjoyed a long stay on a lightly-breezed top with 15-20 others, a constant flow of visitors replacing the ones going back down. Doubt I'll do this trail again in 2018. Too many people.
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Mar 11 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2018
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Hiking3.71 Miles 922 AEG
Hiking3.71 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.10 mph
922 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Did the skinny loop in mid-trail with MJ (see Route). Took the low trail on the way out and the high steep one on the way back. I prefer the high route for its better views and more separation from the residential area. And it is certainly the most traveled, at least today it was. A fantastic evening to be on the trail with, if you raise your eyes above the housing, great views to the distant north, to Elephant Mountain, Daisy and the Bradshaws. And, as shadows appeared so did the colorful air balloons from their station just to the north. Counted six of them. Will there be a wildflowers season? Saw no indication of one today. Even the desert bloomers seem slow to come around. No flowers on the creosote although leaves glisten and only a few crimson blooms on ocotillo. This seems to me an under-valued urban hike, particularly if you trek to the isolated west side. And the trails are as clean as any I've run across in the Valley.
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Mar 06 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mormon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2018
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Hiking4.14 Miles 1,103 AEG
Hiking4.14 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   1.79 mph
1,103 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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I always forget how steep and rugged this trail is up to the high saddle. My GPS showed 732' AEG to get there in 1.17 mi and 532' just from the low saddle. Lots of hikers below the high saddle, lots of bikers above it. Parking lot nearly full when I arrived and when I left. Started the loop on the ridge line above the high saddle and walked over to where the trail takes a hard right and dives down into a valley. From there I walked ahead and took the steep path up to the top of the hill on the east. Not a gasser but caught my attention. I can remember, was it last year? when this segment was awash in wildflowers. This year, nothing. Drought? Disappointing, anyway. But what was the same were the grand views of downtown Phoenix and, really, the entire Valley. It's strange what you find out here. On a small hill below the beaten path, I found a "grave" with a wood cross. Perhaps a biker burying a broken and cherished chain. Hoards of hikers coming up the trail as I was descending. Zoo-like, yes, but enjoyable just to be out there. Was startled when a little black animal emerged on the path. It turned out to be a male chuckwalla, having read that all the blacks ones are not female.
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Feb 23 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2018
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Hiking4.34 Miles 1,103 AEG
Hiking4.34 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   1.97 mph
1,103 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
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Why? I like to punish myself. It was chilly and windy with the threat of rain. Dressed warmly and, even with the heat of exertion, the chill poked through when I caught the wind just right in the canyons. Up to the Dobbins Lookout and back. Had company. About a dozen others on trail above the brown water tank where it turns steep, a spot less than serious hikers or joggers take a quick exit. Two teen-age boys playing rap on an I-pod turned around after going up above the tank about 50 yards. I didn't linger at Dobbins, fearing rain. Ducked into the stone shelter, made some notes, snapped a photo or two and started the return journey. Kept my eyes on the clouds to the north where I could see rain showers and virga up around Union Hills. Thankfully, the storm moved east, not south. This is not a trail I'd want to negotiate in the rain: Big slick rocks and muddy boot soles can make for a faster than anticipated descent. Was glad to get home by the fireplace.
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Feb 21 2018
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2018
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Hiking4.73 Miles 931 AEG
Hiking4.73 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.41 mph
931 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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What was new on top? Workers on tower nearest the true summit with two about 25' up, another about 10' higher. Could've been Russians planting disinformation into Facebook and Twitter. Also new, a small American flag on the big rock pile amid the towers. Why is it so important to deface mountain tops made by the gods? Got me. Chilly day with a breeze made me hurry though my Subway sandwich and head back down, this time on the south side and taking the longer #100 trail back to the VC.
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Feb 18 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
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Hiking5.42 Miles 746 AEG
Hiking5.42 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.46 mph
746 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
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My first visit to the north end of the preserve and Desert Hills TH off Carefree Highway. Surprised to see such an upscale TH with toilets, seats and tables in an attractive structure. You have a choice at the TH of going east on the Sidewinder Tr or, traveling west as I did on the Ocotillo which follows above noisy Carefree HW for the first 7/10 of a mile. If you're looking for anything other than exercise or meditation, another locale might be the ticket. Pretty typical desert with little eye appeal unless you're looking into the distance. The south end of the preserve is much more interesting. The trails up here are among the best I've walked. Clean with little loose rock, meandering and contouring around hills. Ran into lots of bikers and a few hikers.

Intended to hike farther but my curiosity led me into an unwanted diversion. Seeing a steep rocky road going up to a saddle with the glimpse of a building and a sign on the Ocotillo Tr saying "Access to Central Avenue," I didn't resist the urge to go off-trail. I ended up in a subdivision of mostly beautiful homes, Carefree Highlands, with expansive views of high peaks to the north. The area is sealed in by a strong barbwire fence, but I managed to find a gate on the SW cor that led back into the preserve, steeply uphill to 7th Ave. I may try the area in wildflower season next month. Maybe I'll like it better then.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Brittle bush, ocotillo and creosote starting to put out green new growth.
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Feb 16 2018
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 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Trifecta, AZ 
Thunderbird Trifecta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2018
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Hiking7.13 Miles 1,447 AEG
Hiking7.13 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.12 mph
1,447 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
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Three summits, one afternoon, Thunderbird Park. In order: Cholla (1,823' el) 2:30 pm, Sunrise (1,650'), 4:05 pm, and Arrowhead (1,836') at 5:38 pm, via my GPS readings and my limited understanding of the peaks' names. Rested at Ramada 15 before going up to crowded Arrowhead. Reached Pinnacle Pk parking lot not long after sunset. Grateful for a nice day with SW breeze and steady steps on these rocky trails.
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Feb 14 2018
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Papago in the Rain, AZ 
Papago in the Rain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2018
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Hiking3.14 Miles 127 AEG
Hiking3.14 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   2.51 mph
127 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Papago Park Fitness Trail. Why? It was rain, not snow or sleet. Bonus? Aroma of rainy-weather creosote. Bonus 2? Essentially an empty park. Only seven cars in the parking lot when I arrived, 5 on departure. Ran into only a couple joggers over 3 miles. Downside: Ugly segments, particularly on the S side along Van Buren. Last time hiking in rain? About 20 years ago in a Bryce Canyon Utah downpour. Regret? Not meeting up with Trekkin Gecko who I see also hiked the same trail today in the rain.
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Feb 09 2018
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Union Peak-Dixie Mtn, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 09 2018
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Hiking7.64 Miles 1,427 AEG
Hiking7.64 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   2.33 mph
1,427 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
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Even as I came up the Valle Verde Tr after doing Union Peak, I wasn't sure whether to make a stab at Dixie Mtn, completing a two-summit afternoon. I was tired and began inventing excuses not to go for it. Not enough daylight left. I could always do the double-peak another time. I had set a deadline of 1700 to reach the Dixie Mtn Loop Trail, and it was 15 minutes after that when I got there. I looked up the steep trail to the saddle where I knew the Dixie Summit Tr began and made the decision. The opportunity was there, and I may never do it again. So I headed up toward Dixie.

It had been a lonely afternoon, only a few hikers and one biker. The southern part of the preserve around Union Peak is often as desolate as desolate can be. But just as I prepared to take the Union summit trail, a young woman with streaks of red hair came up from the west. I couldn't believe it. Eventually I let her pass on the way up and sat down on the summit ridge to give her time alone on the summit. I saw her outline from below. She was talking to someone by cellphone. Later, after she passed me again on her descent and said, "Have a good one," I walked on up to the summit myself and then on out on the ridge to where the metal post marks the end of the trail. Was pleased to see the summit logs there safely in place in a glass jar with a heavy rock on top of the lid. I scribbled a note in one of the logs, noting the dirty air to the south and swiping a pencil because my pen ran out of ink. There was another pencil and an ink pen inside the jar. I will try to remember to replenish the jar with a pen or pencil next time I'm up that way. Why the logs are there and not on the summit, who knows?

By trail, the distance between Union and Dixie summits is 3.25 mi, so my GPS said. Much of the distance covers a beautiful valley (Valle) and a flat trail. It is in a small quadrangle bordered by the Hawks Nest, Valle Verde, Desert Tortoise and Dixie trails that you find most of the human traffic. Going out to Union Peak, I had run into only two, both women, a young biker and "the pioneer lady." The latter was in her 60s and wearing a long, flowing skirt and some kind of bonnet that looked incongruous for hiking dusty trails. We stopped and chatted at the junction of the Desert Tortoise and Valle Verde trails where she voiced disgust that someone kept moving the rocks she'd set down to prevent bikers from widening the intersection.

I finally reached the short but steep Dixie Summit Tr at 1725. Just 40 minutes before sunset. I knew then I was relegated to finishing the hike in darkness. It is a half-mile up and back from the Dixie summit and then there is another mile and a half back to the Desert View TH where my car was parked. I spent about 10 minutes on the summit, shooting photos and making a call. The exhilaration I should've felt never arrived. I was too tired to cheer. I looked for a summit log but found nothing. Would have liked to have written something about finishing up the two peaks. I looked over to Union Peak, seemingly "far" to the southeast now, and thought I'd grab hot coals before trekking back there today. Back down at the start of the summit trail, I donned the headlamp for later.

It was not until I hit the jct with the Hawks Nest Tr that I turned on the light. They should change the name of this trail to the Mother Owl or something. For 10 years, I'm told, a female owl has nested in a Saguaro, just off the trail, and delivered her owlets to the world. I had seen her and her babes a few years ago. The nest is fenced off now but in the dying light I could make out the large nest at the bottom of four Saguaro arms. A woman handing out Christian literature at the TH had told me earlier the mother owl had been on the nest for two weeks with mid-March as the likely time of delivery. At the parking lot, my car was one of two left. It marked the end of a satisfying day that I'll have to enjoy after a good night's sleep.









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Feb 04 2018
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2018
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Hiking4.82 Miles 1,122 AEG
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A rare morning departure from the VC for me. Ten-twenty. Super Bowl Sunday. Lucky to find a parking space in this huge lot. Never have seen it quite so full. Went up on the N side of Shaw, down on the S in heavy traffic, adults, children, babies and dogs. One of the first times I walked to the summit without stopping. Man on a mission. Glad to see there was no American flag planted in the large rockpile beneath the towers. It came down more than a year ago, I believe. No place for political statements in public parks. Got home in time for most of the Suns game which started at 1. For stats, I used a previous hike. Cellphone (Route Scout) and GPS stayed home. Basically a fun hike.
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Jan 31 2018
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Peak 2429 - Phoenix PreservesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2018
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Hiking2.53 Miles 700 AEG
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700 ft AEG
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Surprised and glad to see a "new" metal sign post saying the name was changed to "Two Bit Peak" from "Dixie Peak." The divisive "Dixie" has little place in a public park. It's probably been changed for quite a while. I last did the trail more than three years ago.

Got up only about halfway before turning back. Jelly legs. It is a very steep trail by my definition: A rise of 1,000 feet or more per mile. To the highest point I got, at 1,750,' to a spot below the sign marker where I thought the trail began to steepen dramatically, the GPS measured 275' el gain over a quartermile. That's the equivalent of 1,100' per mile. Strangely, I had "conquered" a similar steep path several days before on the west side of Piestewa. That time I came up 267' in almost the same distance. The difference, I think, is the extreme rockiness of Two Bit and its outcroppings that require effort-draing steps upward.

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Jan 29 2018
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Kiwanis-Ranger Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 29 2018
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Hiking4.61 Miles 981 AEG
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981 ft AEG
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The original intent was to do Holbert Trail, but I sailed past the turn-off and ended up west of there with a sign that said "Kiwanis Trail." C'est la vie. Been there, done that, but I've done all these trails on South Mountain, so . . . .

Started up the Kiwanis Trail in early afternoon and returned well before sunset on the Los Lomitas. Don't know why I didn't hike back up 19' of elevation on the Kiwanis just to say I got 1,000 AEG for the day. I'll blame it on the wind which was particularly strong along the National Trail's high ridgeline to where it ends near the descending Ranger Trail.

Stopped at the stone hut and watched as two chipmunks played hide and seek with me while I ate a snack. I always find stuff to entertain myself. Today, it was sizing up the "little triplets," the three little peaks a half mile east of Goat Hill. I measured the distance and elevation of each on Route Scout. Over .15 mi the little peaks descend ever so slightly as you proceed east. The westernmost one is 2,347' followed by 2,340' and the easternmost one at 2,322'. Only 25' el separate them. Oh, what fun. Except, again, for the wind, which quickly went away as I dropped down off the ridge.

It was lonely up there. From the stone hut to the National's junction with the Ranger, I saw only one human, a young jogger in black shorts and white shirt. He was the last person I saw until the Summit Highway, 8/10 of a mile away, when five or six runners came down the pavement from god knows where. They were young and looked like a cross-country team in training. The walk back to the Kiwanis TH was pleasant with the warm sunlight on my back. One of the first times this winter I hadn't concluded a hike in darkness.
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Jan 26 2018
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 26 2018
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Hiking4.12 Miles 1,288 AEG
Hiking4.12 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   1.73 mph
1,288 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
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Can't imagine too many more trail segments so pleasurable in January, particularly the 1 1/2 mi in the sun on the W side of Piestewa. The penalty for such pleasure I knew in the beginning: Hiking down the Piestewa Summit Trail's last 500' el and trying to cope with the noise and avalanche of humanity whizzing by, up and down. My advice to sensible hikers is to stay off this mountain as much as possible. Surely you can get a similar workout somewhere close without the misery.
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Jan 23 2018
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Thunderbird Park 2 Peaks, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 23 2018
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Hiking5.14 Miles 1,004 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles
1,004 ft AEG
 
1st trip
It wasn't that I didn't believe Larry the flagman when he told me several days ago atop North Mountain there was an American flag fluttering from now a third peak in Thunderbird Park. But I wanted to see for myself. Sure enough, there it was on "Sunrise Peak" above the amphitheater. If not the Seventh Wonder of the World, then the flag peaks are getting there. Several other peaks and prominences remain unflagged. And who's to say you can't plant flags at every turn along the trails? The possibilities are endless. Anyway, outside of that exciting adventure, it was an enjoyable little hike on an afternoon that turned chilly near sunset when the wind came up. Up to the big flag on Arrowhead Point, down and across the bridge and into the ramadas, then up and up to sunny rise. Many on the trails today.
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Quartz Ridge Trail #8APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2018
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Hiking3.60 Miles 1,080 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,080 ft AEG
 
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Did the loop c.c. from near-full 32nd St parking lot on a cool sunny afternoon. Plenty of company going up to the Kolbe bench where almost everybody turns around. Little traffic up to the Davis bench and around the W side. At the jct of the Mohave and 202 connector trails, I chose going up the steep hill with the 18 switchbacks rather than to circle around it on the connector. Wanted to make sure I got over 1,000 AEG for the day. Seems early but the ocotillos are putting out lush green leaves.
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